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forget the love bandit bear! apparently even the fellows need a furry friend, 20 percent of guys pack a stuffed animal in their suitcase, one in ten hide it when a gil frernd comes by. martha: we'll leave you with that thought! bye everybody, "happening now" starts now. we need to get you a teddy bear! jenna: hi everybody, i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. "happening now". in the top box, the nationwide egg recall now gets even bigger. how safe is our food supply? exactly who is responsible for keeping an eye on it? jen great questions there. in the middle box, brand new details emerging about that escaped prison inmate in colorado. turns out he's done this kind of thing before. why police say he's now extremely dangerous. jon: in the bottom box, you heard of drug sniffing dogs. how about cell phone sniffing dogs?
why they are doing it, and where. we're here in the fox newsroom, breaking news is coming in right now from across the country and around the world, our domestic desk covers the u.s., our foreign desk, watching events around the world, and our media desk is charged with bringing in all the video and live pictures so we can bring them to you, 24 hours a day. jenna: at any moment now, we're expecting a new document dump from the website wickileaks, in a recent twitter post, the site announcing it plans to release a top secret cia document today. in the meantime, the site's founder, julian assange, is still not in the clear concerning sexual molestation claims in sweden. interesting story. mike emanuel is live at the pentagon. what do we know about this expected leak? >> reporter: jenna, not much. last night, around 6:00 p.m. eastern time, about 17 hours ago, wickileaks tweeted out on twitter for our tech savvy viewers that they were going to release a bunch of
information on the cia today. i instantly called various officials throughout the u.s. government and followed up with calls this morning. they have not seen an information dump, so a lot of people throughout the u.s. government are curious about what this will be. obviously we knew they had at least 15,000 other documents on the afghan war but it's not clear that's what this is all about, so we're kind of in wait and see mode, as is the u.s. government. jenna: as we're in that mode, we heard from the temperature commander in afghanistan about wickileaks, what does he have to say about him? >> our friend and coleen jennifer griffin is on the job, she asked general david petraeus about wickileaks. here's the exchange. >> first let me talk about what happens in wickileaks and the fact that that was aprehenceible betrayal of trust and other description, and literally put at risk some of those who were working with us here. >> has anybody's life been lost as a result of that? >> i'm not aware of any but
certainly there is concern. >> reporter: and that is similar to what we've heard from secretary of defense robert gates, that he hasn't heard of anybody conclusively being killed by this leak, but the emphasis has been so far, jenna. jenna: finally, tell us a little about these serious allegations, the wickileaks founder, just some claims about sexual molestation, what is all that is about? >> reporter: that's right, one swedish prosecutor has been looking into claims by two different women about julian assange, the founder of wickileaks, one rape allegation was apparently dismissed today but they're still looking at a molestation charge, assange has tried to dismiss it, saying it's a smear campaign and i had consensual relations with these women but the prosecutor is still looking into it, so there's a possibility he may face criminal charges in sweden, jenna. jenna: a lot to this story, mike. we'll be back to you as it develops. thank you very much. as mike said, our own jennifer griffin is back today, we have more from her
interview with general petraeus in kabul, he's discussing the state of the war in afghanistan and the way forward for u.s. forces there, coming up later this hour. jon: our troops overseas are willing to serve our country but will their votes be counted? right now new accusations the justice department is not doing enough to protect the voting rights of our brave men and women in uniform, serving especially overseas. james rosen is live in washington with more than that. -- or mon that. >> reporter: without much fanfare the congress passed a military overseas and voter empowerment o. move act, it requires states to mail unmarked absentee ballots to military and overseas voters at least 45 days before election day, but suppose you're the secretary of state for, say, delaware, where primary date falls on september 14th, just 47 days before election day and let's say a primary there is too close to call and it requires two weeks to
certify a winner, how do you print up final ballots and ship them out to voters say in kandahar at least 45 days before the general election? accordingly, ten states, delaware along them, along with the district of columbia and the virgin vieland -- islands have appealed to the department of justice and defense for waivers from that rule. some watchdog groups tracking this issue accuse the federal government of lax enforcement. >> it's been very clear that some of these states, were not going to be in compliance with the move act a long time ago and the department of justice, each step of the way, has simply not taken the actions to ensure that the move act would be implemented in each of the 50 states and the district of columbia. >> reporter: the justice department has fired back at these allegations in the form of a letter to republican senator john cornyn, the texan who co-authored the move act and complained to doj that enforcement of the law here does not afford, quote, room
for dialogue or negotiation. the department of justice replied to assistant attorney general ronald welch late last month is firmly committed to ensuring men and women in uniformed services and living overseas have the opportunity to vote and have their votes counted welch add the the -- added the department is form ago team to monitor compliance with the move act requirement. the department of defense is expected to rule on these waiver requests from those ten states, the district of columbia and the virgin islands, four days from today. dod would only offer one spokesman to discuss this issue with us and refused repeated requests to make this spokesman available to us in time for this series, jon. jon: james rosen, live in washington, james, thank you very much. jenna: jon, we've got some dangerous weather developing on opposite sides of the continent right now. take a look at hurricane frank. forecasters say this thing has just formed down in the pacific, off the coast of mexico. we'll show it to you when we get a chance. there's frank. in the atlantic, we've got hurricane danielle gaining
strength as well. also, a new tropical depression taking shape right on its heels so a lot of different weather going on today. meteorologist janice dean will have all the latest on this coming right up. jon: it is the most serious fighting in lebanon since 2008. hours long street battles, right in the middle of beirut, the city that used to be called the paris of the middle east. several people killed, the army called in, the simple dispute that witnesses say sparked the worst violence there in years. we're live in that part of the world. the divorce is final. ein woods is now breaking her silence, talking very candidly about how tiger's betrayal affected her. we know a lot of you are online while you're watching us. check out what's hot on foxnews.com, click on the most read tab right there on the home page.
jen welcome back, everybody. "happening now", in the wild world of entertainment, in the top box, court action at the bottom of the hour in the lindsey lohan case. the actress is not required to attend this amid reports lohan was released early from a rehab center. in the middle box, tiger woods' x telling people magazine she's been through hell since the sex scandal erupted, she made it clear she never hit the golfer, addressing the car accident last thanksgiving. the original kermit the frog in the smithsonian museum, donated by jim henson's widow. the first kermit looked like a lizard and was made by a green felt coat thrown out by henson's mother. jon: here at the fox news foreign desk where they are keeping tabs on the worst fighting in lebanon to erupt there since 2008. take a look, lebanese soldiers and tanks are actually out in the streets, they are patrolling the city right now, after deadly
street battles erupted overnight. two groups are fighting each other, using machine guns and even a rocket-propel -- even rocket-propelled grenades. at least four will dead -- four are dead so far and you know what touched this off? reported letraffic dispute. lelland, do things seem to be under control? >> >> reporter: it's late afternoon in this part of the world, jon, and yes, things seem to be calmer in beirut but this latest violence shows what a tinder box that city is. you've got three main groups, the lebanese army, hezbollah and a sunni militia. hezbollah is by far the most powerful armed group in that country. fighting in this case was between hezbollah and other militias. as you mentioned, it appears as though this traffic stop or traffic accident is what actually caused this violence to be touched off. that's actually good news for a lot of folks here and
they don't think it was some kind of politically begun violence that started. of course, the last time we saw these types of running gun battles, and it is reminiscent of the violence we saw back in 2008, and that almost touched off a civil war in leb non. so as you can imagine, jon, when folks saw this in the streets, just how worried they were. jon but i know there have been clashes between the israelis and the lebanese on the israel-lebanon border, not too long ago. i'm sure that this conflict can't make that part of the world feel much safer. >> not at all, jon. it was just a couple of weeks ago that a number of israeli and lebanese soldiers died up on the border in a clash that was very reminiscent of what happened back in 2006 and began the second lebanon war between israel and the lebanese. so everyone here is very on edge, and things are going to only get tenser in the coming days and weeks. back in 2005, the lebanese
prime minister was assassinated, and hezbollah has always been blamed for that assassination, though so far, they have denied that over the years. in the coming weeks, there's a u.n. tribunal that's been convened and they're expected to announce that hezbollah was, indeed, responsible for that assassination. if that happens, hezbollah has publicly said there's going to be a lot of renewed violence in the region and everyone is certainly fearful that that threat would come through. jon: let's hope that doesn't happen, that's for sure. leland, thank you. jenna: business news for you now, brand new numbers showing more bad news on the housing front, new home sales, down more than 12 percent last month, falling to the slowest pace on record. this on top of yesterday's existing home sales figures that were down to the lowest levels we've seen in about 15 years. so tough news for the housing market overall. how is the stock market reacting? we're going to check in with
fox business network's nicole pediledes. it looks like the markets are hanging in today. >> they are hanging in quite nicely, despite the news we got today, coming on the heels of yesterday's existing home sales. the dow here is holding on to that 10,000 mark, the builders in the group, the home builders, all hitting 52-week lows over the last 24 hours, but they're getting a pop, hoping that maybe the worst of it is over. we also got good news from toll brothers. but we do see investors flocking to the safe haven of gold. gold is up again. so eight of the last ten trading days, gold has been hire and certainly has an up arrow here again today and treasury, people flock to go treasuries. actually we saw the ten-year hitting a 19-month low, 2.41. so we do see investors are a little bit of jitters here, we're down two weeks in a row, the dow down four weeks, but you do have a couple of up arrows, mickey d's and some of the retailers are up as well. but the home sales numbers,
they're difficult to stomach, record lows. jenna: we'll take the up arrows wherever we can get them. thank you, nicole pediledes, for us today. jon: danielle is graing strength but fortunately she is far out in the atlantic now, the storm returning to hurricane strength as it makes a turn to north, this as a new tropical depression takes shape, possibly becoming tropical storm earl. we've also got hurricane frank out in the pacific. it is a busy weather season. let's check in with meteorologist janice dean, she's live in the fox extreme weather center. j.d. >> did you jinx us yesterday, jon scott? jon: i said it was supposed to be a tough season and it's been quiet so far. >> reporter: tough season! i need another person to take the blame for the weather, jon scott! jon: let's take jenna take the blame, can we? >> no, we can't! all right, here's frank, frank is moving away from land in the pacific, and then we have danielle, of course, right here, danielle is a hurricane, expected to
move very close to bermuda in the next several days. going to keep our eye on that. then tropical depression number seven, which will probably become earl later today and we have another strong wave off the coast of africa that will most likely become fiona. i know it's confusing now. there's danielle, there's tropical depression number seven, looking really good and expected to become earl and even a hurricane by the weekend. tropical storm models, there's danielle, show show thaw cone of uncertainty in a second but there's the potential earl as we go ahead further out in time and again, taking the same track, but perhaps watch earl because it's going to be more south of danielle and might have a better shot of affecting the u.s., so we have to warn people in advance, we're getting into the busy season, make your plans now. there's danielle's path, there's bermuda, you're within that cone of uncertainty, category two, possibly category three hurricane. by monday, a brush in bermuda, possibly, and t.d.,
as we get further out in time, there's the -- this is way more south than danielle is. we're going to have to keep an eye on potentially earl. jon: we're going to play a game called stump the weather machine. we have incredible video to show you out of brazil. it's a fire tornado. look at that! what is up with that, j.d.? >> reporter: that's awesome. people call it a fire whirl or fire defensiveil. you always have that heating at the surface when it comes to tornadoes, the hot air rises. if you have the right wind dynamics, rotating calm of air, you see these rare fire tornadoes, most of them are obviously started during wildfires, so i mean, it really is incredible video and obviously, quite dangerous. brazil has not seen rain in three months, jon, so the wildfires season there is out of control. that video, that's incredible. i don't think i've ever seen on video.
jon: and you're probably telling young matthew to stay out of it, right? >> i'd like young matthew to stay away from fires, even though his dad is a fireman, so maybe he'll become a doctor or something! jon: nice, calm job. janice dean, check in with you later. jenna: we have another state joining the massive egg recall, there are more than half a billion eggs being pulled off the shelves. the big question is who is watching out for our food and our safety? also the man hunt is over, or should we say, gator hunt? this one happening far from florida, far from anywhere you'd expect to find a gator. in fact, that didn't actually stop alligator bob that nabbing the big gievment you're going to hear from him next.
everybody. michigan is now the 23rd state recalling eggs from that iowa farm being blamed for sickening thousands with salmonella but eggs are just the latest in a long line of recent recalls, in fact, the federal government estimates about 13 people die every day from food-borne illnesses in this country. why is this happening now? is it the fault of the food companies, is it the fault of the government? how do we actually fix it? jeff milken and greg conko, director of food safety for the competitive enterprise institute and texas congressman michael burgess, ranking republican on the house subcommittee overseeing the fda. welcome to you all. >> thank you. >> good morning. jenna: jeff, let's start with you, first. why are we dealing with these problems over food safety? >> well, i think, you know, the food industry has become a gigantic business, and we
need to start looking at how we produce food and can we produce food more safely, what safety guards can we put into place, when we talk about large facilities, how do we make sure that those facilities are as clean as possible. jenna: jeff, are you saying it starts with the producer, it actually starts with the food companies rather than the government? >> well, i feel that it starts with the food production facilities and the companies, and then also, the companies that buy the product to set standards of safety. jenna: greg, on that, we have about 76 million cases of fod-borne illnesses every year, that means one out of four of us are going to get sick from food sometime over a year period, but we eat a lot of food in this country as well. is it really possible to safeguard against this stuff? >> i don't think so. as long as crops are grown in dirt and as long as animals produce manure, we're never going to totally
eliminate food-borne pathogens. what we do want to do is move towards where producers have targets, performance standards they have to meet but not actually set specific ways for them to meet it. you don't want to cut off innovation, you don't want to cut off the incentives and the ability of food producers to actually strive for producing healthier foods, and it's worth noting, i think, that although we do have a lot of food-borne illnesses, cases of food-borne illnesses in the united states every year, the numbers are lower now than they have been since we started recording reported cases in 1996, so we're improving, and we've got a long way to go, but things are not as bad as i think the recent recall might portray. jenna: congressman, let's talk a little about the fda now. you are the top republican on the subcommittee that has the task of overseeing the fda. where are we in the process of strengthening the fda's
power to oversee our food safety in this country? >> it's something that has been ongoing. the time that i've been on the committee, the last six years, last summer, in july, in fact, the house of representatives passed a sweeping change in food safety regulations. i didn't like every aspect of the bill, but i did vote in favor of it. it's been stalled over the senate, largely over some controversies about what type of additives can be allowed in plastic bottles, and really, it's time to get that moving and get it to a conference committee, work out the differences, and give both industry and the regulatory agency some certainty, some aspect of knowing what the future holds for them. in this instance, and i do appreciate the comments of your two guests, it's impossible to absolutely ascertain with absolute certainty the food-borne illness is not going to occur, we do have a level that is lower than in
previous years and it's come without a vast increase in price at the food prices at the grocery store. so those are things for which we should be grateful, but at the same time, every summer, it seems, if it's not eggs, it's peanuts, it's tomatoes, every summer, we have this same angst over a salmonella outbreak, it takes us months to get to the culprit. this times it appears it's not coming from somewhere outside the country but coming from america's heartland itself. this is a problem we should have been on top of, this is a problem that was eminently controllable. jen the food modernization act has been stalled in the senate. it passed in the house but it's stalled there. do you think there's a political will in washington to update some of our regulations with everything else that's going on in d.c. right now? >> it's hard to say, but last summer, in the midst of all of the angst over cap and trade and health care, we actually pass a bipartisan fashion a food safety bill t. passed through our committee with a great deal of cooperation between republicans and
democrats, after the rancor of the health care bill. i think it's possible. if there's a political energy to do that in the few weeks we have remaining in this congress tosention -- essentially a few weeks in september and perhaps a week in october, and i don't know the answer to that. there are so many other things that are competing for the headlines right now. but this is one that really should be a fairly simple lift. the how has done its work, it's being supported by a group of bipartisan senators, we had one senator in california who said i want you to keep bpa out of my coke bottle. if we can get past that point and agree to study that later and come at this bill, we can actually get an answer that was deliverable before the election. jenna: congressman, thank you very much for that. we know there's a lot on your plate in d.c. and thank you to you all. we appreciate it. jeff milken, greg conko and congressman mike at burgess, thank you very much. >> thank you. jon: that sigh of relief is
from the windy city of chicago where people can breathe a little easier today. why? well, a three-year-old alligator is no longer roaming the streets or swimming in the river there. the man who nabbed it, an animal expert who goes by the name of alligator bob, he says this gator was probably someone's pet. >> got a decent set of teeth, which means someone has been feeding him well, too clean, too perfect to be living in this river alone, usually they have scratches and gouges on the rack or something. jon: that gator is a guar an teed to make sure everybody is healthy. who wouldn't be? chicagoans are healthy, right? now they're trying to find him a gator home. >> looks like he didn't have a chance in the world in tuesday's primary but the sarah palin-backed candidate is running neck and neck with the incumbent republican senator from alaska. was palin power underestimated here? and what will her support mean to other candidates who
independent there. but a big surprise on the republican side in florida's race for governor. carl cameron is live with that story. carl, how did the outsider in the gop race pull off this win? >> reporter: you're talking about rick scott, the millionaire, self-funding candidate from naples who did tremendously well, and has in effect captured the opportunity to protect the republican governorship for the state of florida. this is a gop seat, charlie crist is the incumbent, he had been a republican when he won it. now, rick scott, having spent a tremendous amount of money, pulled off a victory against bill mccollum. scott had a number of things going for him. first of all there was a low turnout yesterday, he identified republican voters aggressively across the state in a get out the vote effort that mccollum couldn't really compete with, in addition, he worked very hard on the early balloting, as well as the absentee ballot, so in a low turnout race he had a strong vote coming for.
mccollum, 20 years in congress, been the attorney general, he's twice run unsuccessfully for the u.s. senate and he was essentially disqualified as washington insider and not adequately new and conservative enough, not the new type of republican that most voters want, they say, in 2010. so it will be scott versus alec sny -- sink. sink starts the race foferred a little -- favored a little bit. polls suggest an advantage over rick scott, so ten weeks from yesterday and one of the most important gubernatorial races in the country because whoever controls the governor's office in florida has a real advantage for that party's presidential candidate in 2012. jenna: let's talk about the democratic side as well, the democratic primary, we saw a big win as we mentioned for kendrick meek. he may not have a whole lot of time to kind of relax, though, carl, right? he's going to have to really get out there now. >> hardly. in fact, kendrick meek is
hitting the campaign trail hard and last night he was running against a -- captioning himself as running against a pair of conservatives. the fight against jeff greene was hard fought who dropped a large amount of money into this race. meek had the support of the democratic establishment which will aggressively rally behind him and the thinking those ultimately it will make it more difficult for charlie crist, the governor of florida who is running as been independent to compete in the 3-leg race, meaning meek's nomination may be the les leg yet against rubio. they are arguing they will split the liberal vote on the left. jenna: is that all for you, you have to leave sunny miami and come back to d.c. or get to hang out there longer? >> there's no hanging out here and we're keeping our eye closely on what's going on in alaska with lisa murkowski's race, that a huge and the idea that joe miller, the tea party-backed
candidate could be ousting another republican incumbent would be huge, he'd be the fifth tea party-backed republican senate nominee this year, she'd be the third senator ousted in her primary. jenna: you gave us a -- you gaveas great lead-in to the next segment. thank you, campaign carl. jon: he is teeing up my next story perfectly, alaska, the gop primary race for senate, still considered too close to call but it could be a real upset shaping up. one that highlights the power of somebody you've probably heard of, sarah palin. political newcomer joe miller has a razor thin lead over lisa murkowski, the sitting senator from alaska, miller is a tea party candidate, he won the backing of former alaska governor sarah palin. he's got 51 percent of the vote right now, about 45,900. lisa murkowski, with 43,900. 49 percent of the vote. and 98 percent of the precincts have already been counted, as you see there.
let's talk about it with larry sabato, director of the university of virginia's center for politics. larry, i have to point out, a couple of days ago, you thought mur murkowski was going to win this thing. what do you think has happened here? >> yes. every single source that i have in alaska told me that lisa murkowski would not only win, she would win handily. those same sources told me this morning that there aren't enough votes left out, even including the absentees, for murkowski to win. mur cow see is behind about 2000 votes and she would have to win an enormous percentage of the remaining votes out there and that's not going to happen, so it was -- was this an upset, you better believe it was an upset. occasionally you have then. we've had seven incumbents upset in this primary election season. of course, let me add, 339 incumbents have been renominated. so we have to keep it in perspective. jon: was this the palin
factor, sarah palin endone dollars her opponent? >> -- endorsed her opponent. >> palin was one part of it, search. for example, if you look at the four election districts closest geographically to palin, miller had a margin at least as of this morning of 3750 votes. three thousand seven hundred fifty votes over murkowski. he's only winning statewide by 2000. that suggests that the people who are closest to palin, who have most strongly supported her when she ran for governor in 2006, overwhelmingly supported miller. so yes, i think that was a factor. but, there was an abortion referendum the ballot, that drew out the most conservative' aves, they overwhelmingly supported miller and miller turned out to be no slouch as a candidate, he's highly educated, yale law, west point, he also went after murkowski hard, and i think the critical factor in this election was that murkowski, who had millions of dollars
to spend, did not use her financial advantage to define joe miller. she could have done it, she could have knocked him out, she didn't. she chose to remain, let's say, less negative than she might have. maybe that's a good thing but it cost her her senate seat in all probability. jon: and no love lost between sarah palin and sort of the murkowski family. viewers might remember that lisa murkowski's father was the sitting governor of alaska whom palin challenged and won, right? >> yes. the west virginia hatfields and the mccoys have nothing on alaska's palins and murkowskis. they are battling one another, it seems like every other year n. something or another. and there's a lot of bitterness there. i'm sure that you're familiar with lisa murkowski's comments last night about sarah palin. they weren't terribly kind, but then she was losing her senate seat. jon: let's go to the other end of the country, about as far away from alaska as you can get, florida.
the democrats have an interesting challenge now that kendrick meek has won that primary, don't they? >> well, they do. actually, i think the winner last night was rubio, was marco rubio, the republican can day. here's why. kendrick meek won going away, he got 56, 57 percent, his billionaire opponent, jeff greene, who tried to buy the election, only got 31 percent. meek did so well that democrats really have to back him. sy the only credible african-american candidate for senate that democrats have in the country. yes, i'm not forgetting about south california. i used the word credible. so with meek being in that position, democrats really can't abandon him, and i don't think african-americans and other minorities will. well, how does crist win? the way charie crist wins is by combining some moderate
republicans, some moderate independents and a lot of democrats. i don't think he can depend on those democrats. and the democratic party nationally had hoped to be able to move some of meek's votes to crist in october in order to defeat rubio. it's going to be much more difficult to do that. jon: going to be an interesting race to watch. larry sabato, thank you very much. and fox news is your election headquarters online, and on tv. you can get up to the minute political news on our blog online, a front row to politics. we are counting the days to the rest of the mid-terms. stay on top of it all, log on to fox news.com/aehw, mek's election headquarters. jenna: jennifer griffin is back today and in afghanistan for an important one on one with the top u.s. commander there, general david petraeus. what the general has to say about the current fight and much more, coming right up.
jenna: fox news' jennifer griffin is on the ground in afghanistan, in the capitol city, a place she knows well, where there are major changes underway as we know it. jennifer sat down with the u.s. commander and talked to general petraeus about the challenges ahead. jennifer griffin is live in kabul with more on this. jen ferks a big warm welcome back from your friends at "happening now". it's great to see you. want to talk to you about your impressions since being back there. >> reporter: well, i think, jenna, the main thing i realized when i got to the airport, the last time i saw general petraeus at the beginning of the surge was in iraq and when he would land at the airport there, you had tile on your body armour, tuck your way into the bureau. it was a different atmosphere than kabul, kabul, the capitol, feels safe, you don't have to wear body armour, the danger is in the outer lying areas, so you have a misimpression about kabul and it being a war zone. it feels safer than i expected when i first
arrived. jenna: you know, jennifer, we talked a lot about iran recently, and iran's involvement in afghanistan. did you talk to general petraeus about that involvement? >> absolutely. and in fact, you'll remember that wickileaks, when they published some of those leaked raw intelligence reports here from afghanistan, they documented some of the ways in which iran was supporting the taliban, giving money to the taliban to assassinate soldiers and officials here. so i asked general petraeus about iranian involvement. here's what he said: >> are you seeing increased iranian involvement here in afghanistan? and what are you noticing since you are back here? >> first let me just talk about what was in wickileaks and beyond the fact that that was absolutely reprehensible and a betrayal of trust and lots of other grave pejorative descriptions and literally put at risk some of those who were working with us here.
>> has anybody's life been lost as a result of that? >> i'm not aware of any but certainly there is concern about the use of source names and in some cases actual names. there is no question that iran has over the years, and we think does continue to provide a mo dment dicum of assistance to the taliban, a number of afghans have noted recently that there's been quite a degree of iranian activity in what you might you -- what you might call campaign contributions to those they think might be favorable to them. >> reporter: and jenna, basically the country is going to be gearing up for parliamentary elections on september 18th and that's going to be a key moment here in terms of bringing some sort of stability and some sort of legitimacy to the karzai government. jenna: jennifer, we'll be back to you as the story develops there. great to see you again and hit the ground running, we're all rooting for you. thank you very much. jon: great to have her back.
jenna: "happening now" around the world, in the top box, iran claiming it successfully test fired an upgraded version of a short range surface to surface missile, the country's defense minister says the weapons range has increased but provided no further detail on that. in the middle box, the string of deadly attacks across iraq today, more than 40 people died, the attacks coming one day after the number of u.s. troops is reduced to 50,000. and in the bottom box, investigators recovering the two black boxes from the plane that crashed in china yesterday.
the cause of the accident, not yet known. forty-two passengers were killed in that crash. fifty-four people survived. jon: right now, the man hunt is on for an escaped prisoner in colorado and police warn this guy is extremely dangerous. cops are going door to door at this hour, searching for this man, douglas alward, his name, he broke out of a maximum security prison in sterling on sunday. it is his fourth escape. the first, from this colorado facility. alra -- alward was serving a sentence for attempted murder, assault and kidnapping. let's bring in fbi denver spokesperson dave jolly. this guy is considered dangerous. i know you have the fbi looking for him. that's somewhat unusual, isn't it, for a prison escape? >> it can be, jon. one of the things we try to do at the fbi is we can get something called an unlawful flight to avoid warrant, this is a federal warrant that brings the full resources of the fbi to
state and local law force nent. >> sterling, a quiet town in the northeast corner of colorado, what kinds of resources are you bringing to bear on this search? >> anything that the local law enforcement will need, we have manpower, if we get leads that come from other states, other jurisdictions, we can act on that almost immediately. jon: i know this guy is described as intelligent and resourceful, obviously he has escaped three other prisons, three other occasions. are you saying anything about how he got out this time? >> we're not. the investigation is still being kind of held close to the vest and that's being done by the colorado department of corrections. jon: do you think he's still in colorado? >> it's a possibility. we're not going to rule that out. we are looking for the public's help, of course. there is a $15,000 reward being offered for information lead to go his arrest. jon: the mug shot doesn't really give you the pull picture -- full picture of the guy. he must be kind of skinny. he's 6-foot, one, and, what, 152 pounds? >> he is.
he's a thin male, about 48 years of age, he has a shaved head, as of this moment, and we're just trying to get the information and the phot os out to the public so we can hopefully get more tips. jon: it should be pointed out in one of his escapes he and another inmate overpowered a jail guard, broke out of a courthouse, then kidnapped a 19-year-old girl in a parking lot, stole her car, and left her tied up. this is a guy who doesn't mess around if he wants to get away. >> he does not. he's very intelligent respect as you mentioned, he's very resourceful and motivated. he has no respect for law enforcement and we're concerned about public safety. jon: there's the null on your screen, if you know anything about him and there is a $15,000 reward out if anybody can help catch this guy, thank you very much, dave jolly, the fbi spokesperson there in denver. >> thanks jon. jenna: new next hour, fears al-qaeda in yemen could soon threaten american security. what the u.s. is now doing
to target that terror group. also supporters of the mosque near ground zero now making their voices heard. what they're doing to get their message out. and they're certainly not your run of the mill burglars. what is being done to stop bear invasion necessary lake tahoe? we're live on the scene with that story coming up. jon: go bear! >> so, ah, your seat good? got the mirrors all adjusted? you can see everything ok? st stay off the freewaysall right? i don't want you going out onhose yet. and leave your phone in ur purse, i don't want you texting. >> daddy... ok! ok, here you go. be careful. >> thas dad. >> and call me--t not while you're driving. we knew this day was coming. that's why we bought a subaru.
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jenna: hi, everybody, welcome back to "happening now" i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. topping our second hour of "happening now" an al-qaida splinter group poses a major security threat to the u.s. this certificate reus organization based in yemen. it's prompting the administration to continue expanding military strikes in that part of the world. greg palkot is live in our bond done bureau for us. why is yemen so big on our radar, greg. >> reporter: because these guys are very dangerous in that
country. fox news can confirm that there is heightened interest in washington in the al-qaida chapter that you occurred to, al-qaida in the arabian pennsylvania based in yemen. a cia official was quoted as saying they are a more potent force than their brothers in pakistan and afghanistan. he said no doubt they are a mortal threat. one of the best known of those folks working to attack us anwar al-awlaki, jon. he's been linked to several recent u.s. terror attacks including the failed times square bombing, the christmas attempted plane bombing and the fort hood shooting. jon: what are we doing to fight it. >> reporter: the u.s. is actively working with the yemen government to fight the
terrorists. they've been supplying yemen with intelligence and coordination for their own attacks and been involved in drone and missile strikes against certain targets. the u.s. will ramp up those operations in the next few months. the latest news that we are getting from the country from our contact there is the yemen forces are stepping up as well. in the last couple of days in a base for the militant yemen soldiers have been fighting al-qaida militants. 19 militants said to have been killed including several foreigners. the noose is tightening. jon: we'll have more when a global adviser for foreign affairs joins us live. jenna: general james conway saying the president's deadline to begin pulling troops from afghanistan may be giving the
taliban a big boost encouraging rebels to holdout until we leave. major garrett is reporting live on martha's vineyard. what did the major say about the deadline and what may come after? >> reporter: a couple of things. it's important as many analysts have said this morning to keep the entire ton connection of general conway's context in context. he did say that the marines have picked up transmissions from certain taliban strongholds or cells within strongholds indicating that they are drawing quote unquote sustenance from the idea that some potential sizable amount of u.s. and nato forces will begin withdrawing in july of 2011. here is what general conway said, more context on the other side. >> we know the president was talking to several audiences at the same time when he made his comments on july 2011. in some ways we think right now it's probably giving our enemy
sustenance. we think that he may be saying to himself, in fact we've interest crepted communications that say, hey we only have to holdout for so long. >> reporter: only have to holdout for so long. he also went onto say that he is certain that u.s. marines are going to remain in afghanistan in sizable numbers long after july, 2011, when that transition phase for withdrawing the troops begins. he says any i taliban fighters or al-qaida fighters who are h u.n. kering down are going to be unhappy to find plenty of marines left in afghanistan ready to take them on, capture or kill them. jenna: what is the white house's reaction so far to this? >> reporter: this morning the white house will have no public reaction to general conway's remarks, but they offer a couple of observations through senior administration officials on background. one all this was debated during the long process that president
obama went through with his entire national security team to put the afghan certificate -- surge strategy together. everyone agreed to begin pulling the surge forces out at least in some number. the other point they make is look, right now u.s. and nato forces are engaged in very heavy fighting in afghanistan although the major operation in kandahar has yet to begin in its full force. the death toll is rising, it rose in june and july and it's likely to rise in august. they say they can't have it both ways. taliban fighters can't h u.n. ker down when they are even gauging u.s. and nato forces in lethal fashion, the fight is going on, there is no demonstrable evidence that the administration can find that many of these al-qaida or taliban fighters are holding out. they are fighting for their very lives. jenna: a lot can happen between now and next july.
major thank you so much. >> reporter: you got it. jon: right now supporters of that planned phoebg phoebg near ground zero are joining forces starting a coalition that they say supports religious freedom. eric shaun is live on the other side of our new york city newsroom from me, what is the up date. >> reporter: it's a show of support for the so-called ground zero mosque today. some 9/11 families are announcing at this hour that they are starting a group to support religious opl and the building of the contentious project. this comes as the developer was asked if he would meet with families members of those killed on 9/11. he would not answer that question last night. instead he turned around when reporters asked him and he walked out of the room. he was the guest of new york city mayor michae michael bloom.
he says he is money erred and blessed to be an american and a new yorker but he didn't say whether he will meet with those against his plan. daisy kahn who is also behind the project also attended the same dinner. reporters tried to ask them questions about the mosque but they refused to comment in detail about their plan that has caused controversy. their hose mayor bloomberg supports the project he said not building it would compromise our country's effort. >> to implicate all of islam for the actions of a few who twisted a great religion is unfair, and unamerican. today we are not at war with islam, we are at war with al-qaida and other extremists who hate freedom. >> reporter: as the mayor was talking across the street there was a handful of people who were protesting against the project. one of those demonstrating mayor
yan had a sign that said, quote, this mosque celebrates murderers. >> in history for the last thousand years every time islam has come to a nation that celebrates a different religion they have -- if they have congress kerd -- conquered it or managed to prevail they have established a mock phog over the sight. it has happened in israel, turkey, pain and it appears to be happening here. >> reporter: as for the developer, he told me he has no plans to move the project or even abandon it. daisy kahn says she hopes for healing and peace. jon. jon: thanks, eric. jenna: an amber alert right now in new jersey for this little boy. police suspect thinks father actually took him. there is no ordinary custody battle. while cops are very concerned about this. we have that story right up
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jenna: an amber alert in new jersey where a sex offender is suspected of kidnapping his 8-year-old son. har i is -- harris is watching the story, what do we know. >> reporter: i got off the phone with the state police. they are reviewing the case and ramping it up to try to find terry duseau and his 8-year-old son. they are working on putting out a tip line and great information about this because they are greatly concerned about his emotional state. he was due in court in burlington town new jersey today. he was due in court on three counts of sexual assault of three burlington county
juveniles. his son is not considered to be a victim in all of this. they are concerned about the 8-year-old boy. his mom is deceased. when police went to see him yesterday he took off with the child in hand. there is an all points bulletin out for him. this is a hyundai santa fe. it's black. the license number is on the screen. they haven't set up a tip line yet. in the area of new jersey or burlington county if you happen to see 38-year-old terry desseault and his son call 911. police need help at this time because he's been on the run overnight. 5'10" inches call. brown hair brown eyes.
210 pounds. he's on the run from very serious charges against him. jenna: we'll keep an eye on that. jon: happening now hot, dry weather complicates firefights across the country. wind-whipped flames igniting a string of homes in ash land, oregon. houses burning to the browned there. in southern idaho, a fire racing across 328,000 acres. crews hope calmer winds will help them gain ground on those flames. some southern california where firefighters are planning an aerial attack against a wildfire inching closer to a number of homes northwest of los angeles. for more on that let's bring in michelle puckett the information officer for the bureau of land management. what is the status of that fire right now? >> the fire is still actively burning, currently 1300 acres.
firefighters are making good progress and it's 30% contained at this time. jon: it was my understanding that you had to evacuate about 200 homes last night, or at least those were the plans, then those evacuations orders were canceled, why? >> actually there were evacuations of about 200 homes. residents were evacuations. evacuation centers were set up, and then the evacuation was lifted because firefighters were able to put a stand and provide great structural protection and allow for the restrictions and the threat to be diminished. the evacuation order was lifted. jon: as thins heat up out there you run the risk of maybe one hundred degree temperatures. >> we are looking at over a hundred degrees, triple digits. you can already feel it, it's
hot. jon: this shows this fire consuming green hillsides, but i know that, yeah that low humidity and the burning sunshine, the high temperatures tend to dry things out even in advance of the fire, and that is a real problem for your firefighters. >> exactly. we have firefighters on the ground battling the fire and we also have a lot of aircraft up in the air as well as the firefighters on the ground. we have many helicopters. you may have seen footage of the big dc-10s. jon: big flying tanker. >> yes we are making big progress and taking advantage of the cooler temperatures at night and the crews are working around-the-clock to try to contain the fire. jon: right now it doesn't look like any homes are threatened. >> not at this time. if they are we have a contingency plan made up and we are aware of the frazier park area. the fire is holding at this
time. we don't have a hundred percent containment but we are working on that now. jon: this one burning along the i5 in the cajon pass. jenna: no homes threatened, good news. jon: amazing after they had 200 200 threatened last night. jenna: we'll keep you updated on the fires in california. drug cartels are finding new routes to smuggle their poison into america by hiding their activities flash off-shore. what we are up against and what the feds are doing about it. we have that story for you. some hotels have a sweet deal for guests. we'll tell you which changes will pay your fees for checking your airline baggage. pretty good idea. that story coming right up. activia's great new taste?
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jon: "happening now" around the globe in the top box north korea says president carter arrived in that country's capitol today. u.s. officials say he is hoping to win the freedom of an american citizen who is in prison there. middle box, dozens found dead at a ranch near the u.s./mexico border, a survivor of an attack there telling officials the dead are all migrants who were kidnapped by an armed group. in the bottom box a charter flight carrying the bodies of 8 hong kong victims of a manila hijacking. that plane returns home today. jenna: we are seeing more evidence of a weak economy, new home sales falling to the lowest level on record for july. very little demand given the remarkably high unemployment we
are seeing. this news as washington gets ready to rumble again over injecting more or less stimulus into the economy, the big fight on whether or not to extend the bush tax cuts to the wealth ist of americans. senator, thank you for joining us. i thought the rest of you in d.c. were on vacation, it's nice to have you. >> here for a couple of days, thanks, jenna. jenna: in this economy why not keep the tax cuts for everybody for at least another year. >> i understand the point. i think, however, that what is really important is to give the american people some confidence, quote unquote. confidence is at the root of economic expansion. if people are confident they do things to expand the economy. how do you give them confidence you start making a dent in this unbelievable growing federal budget deficit and you do that by not only cutting spending and
you have to get additional revenue. it seems to me that the top tier, the wealthist americans can pay the same rate of taxes as they did throughout the 1990s when we had substantial economic growth. jenna: some people say if you repeal the tax cuts for the wealthy it's going to hit small business and you mentioned the debt. people also say that if we don't attack the real source of the problem, which is spending, then we're never going to solve that. what is your response? >> spending is one source of the problem. the other source is we have less revenue than we used to have because of tax cuts pushed in 1991 by president bush at a time when we had surpluses, and what was the reason for the tax cuts to give back surpluses. well there are no surpluses, and there were no surpluses the year after the tax cuts were enacted. we have to do two things, cut spending and get additional revenue and tell the american people we are not going to
continue offering a government that we can't pay for or they can't afford to pay for. we need to do this the right way and give them confidence in the future. jenna: if we raise taxes on 2% of the population considered wealthy how much revenue would that give us. >> if you extend the tax cuts to the 2% over a ten year period you're talking about $800 billion. by the way the evidence does not suggest that this is about small business. only about 3 or 4% is small business in that area. i understand the point you make and others make, shouldn't we continue to stimulate. you know, look we've had about a 15 trillion-dollar stimulation of this economy. what we should stimulate now is confidence in the american people that finally at long last we can begin making a dent in the budget deficit by cutting spending and also having revenue come in. jenna: let me take this to your state of north dakota. your state has one of the lowest
unemployment rates out there. 3.6% of the population in north dakota is unemployed, a very, very low number. you also have a low number of millionaires, about 3.4% of your population is millionaires. they are about equal. why would you support the extension of jobless benefits for 3% of your population that are unemployed but not extend the tax cuts for the 3% that are wealthy. >> the people are con i can lee out of work and have been chronically out of work for a while. j. paul getty once said how would be successful, you go to school, get your degree, then you work hard, then you strike oil. well, you know, north dakota has struck oil. we have unbelievable oil development number one and number two we are an agricultural state with bumper crops and commodity prices. i would like to say it's
something very bright we did in fiscal policy, it was not. we have oil development and ago cultural development in our state and we've done very well and that's good. jenna: do you think if you extended the tax cuts for the wealthist of your state they would hire some of the people that are unemployed. >> i think my state and people around the country want this deficit tamed. there are no surpluses. when president bush said, by the way the last budget surplus was under the last year of president clinton and when president bush came in he says look we're going to have surpluses for the next ten years now we need to cut revenue in aod to give the surpluses back to the people. it turned out there were no surpluses. i'm saying to you i think these budget deficits have to be tamed through two things. one tighten our belt, cut some spending, number two get revenue back into the system. the people at the very top of the economic ladder can well
afford to pay the rates that they paid in the 1990 when they had the best economic growth in the country. jenna: some of them would disagree with you. >> i'm sure they would. jenna: i appreciate it very much, senator dorgan of north dakota. >> good to be with you. jon: i think you convinced a bunch of people to pack up and move to north dakota with an unemployment rate like that. if they are going to fly that they may have to shell out baggage fees for the airlines. you hate that don't you, you paid for your ticket and now have to pay more. hotel chains are offering to help you out. ashley webster of the fox business network joins me to explain. what is going on they will pay for the baggage fees? >> reporter: yes with a few provisos. there is nothing more annoying having to pay for your bags after you paid for your ticket. the hotels trying to generate good will say they will cover your costs.
crowne plaza and holiday inn says they will give you a credit. it's $50 per party. you get a $50 credit, at least it's something. kimton hotels has been doing it for a while, they'll do anything they can to fill their rooms, it's been a rough couple of years. jon: the airline industry has been having it rough. so have the hotels. where are they coming up with the money for a promotion like this. >> reporter: this is fairly cheap. for the airlines they've cut capacity. ththe prices have come up for te airlines. hotels have rooms to fill. this is one of the case are ways to try to get people in there. jon: if you have too many airlines you can idle one out in the desert if you have a hotel you don't want to dynamite it. not every hotel chain. >> reporter: it apparently covers crowne plaza, holiday inn.
kimson hotels. others will jump on board. there are going to be devils in the details. you have to use a visa card for the intercontinental and read the fine print. jon: why don't the airlines just get rid of the baggage fees? wouldn't that make everybody happy they are so annoying. ashley webster thank you so much, jenna. jenna: our pacific coastline the new frontier on border security, fox news taking a ride-along with a new u.s. team patrolling the cliffs, the bluffs and the beaches of southern california. a terror network a serious and growing threat to the united states. after the break what the u.s. must do to protect our interests both here and around the world. . thanks. i got the idearom general mills big g cereals. they put a white check on the top of every box to let people know that their cereals have healthy whole grain, and they're the right choice... (announcer) general mills make getting whole grain an easy choice. just look for the white check.
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2008 apprehensions on the water were about 240. this year, with still a month left to go in the fiscal year, the border patrol is telling us they're right now approaching 800. that number is expected to go up as potentially as high as 1000. you can see almost tripling in number, just in two years' time. they say the numbers are even much higher because there's a lot getting through that they're not getting to, jon. jon: what exactly is it they're doing that's leading to the increased numbers of apprehensions? >> we had a chance to go out with a new team formed less than a year ago, the council border enforcement team, cbet, the border patrol, iergs and all of them working together, providing agents along the coastline, using night vision goggles, working with the coast guard as well, with boats on the water, helicopters, sometimes, basically sitting on beaches, checking out marinas, watching boat camps -- ramps, working with local law enforcement, trying to really stop this from coming ashore. we actually have a map to
give you an idea of how large an area this is, we're talking about 114 miles of coastline here in southern california, basically from the border of mexico, south of san diego, all the way up to the border of los angeles, counting to the north, they're coming ashore in all of these areas and they're doing it pretty successfully. again, this team, making head way,o head way, jon, and they hope to work with local law enforcement and get local agents to make head way against the drug smugglers and human traffickers, bringing people and drugs in at night on boats on the shoreline. jon: looks like a nice scene behind you. pretty hard to believe it can be so crime-ridden at times, actually. thank you very much, adam housely. jenna: new information on a growing threat to america by al-qaeda in yemen, a radical cleric riding out in yemen, rising to the ranks of becoming a major danger, making al-qaeda even more of a threat than some of al-qaeda's core places, like pakistan, for example. christian wyden is former
adviser to the undersecretary of state for global affairs and christian, why yemen now, why is al-qaeda seeing an opportunity there? >> well, jenna, you have this expanded threat, because yemen with a -- is a location that's actually easier as a stepping off point than some other places where we've become familiar with al-qaeda as operating havens. you have easier access to the horn of africa and the persian gulf and the ability to move beyond there. most americans only heard of al-qaeda in the arabian peninsula last december when one of its operatives almost took down a northwest airlines flight over detroit, it was only averted by the actions of its passengers. but this is an organization that we know has strategic depth, and more so than operatives in pakistan, this has the ability to strike the north american homeland directly. jenna: talk to us about that strategic depth, having to do with anwar al-awlaki,
that's the terrorist leader, a u.s. citizen, that apparently has a stronghold in yemen. if he's taken out, is he -- if he is no longer a part of al-qaeda there, would that solve the problem? >> wouldn't solve the problem. it would be very excellent to take out anwar, he's one of al-qaeda's most gifted prop gand is. we say terrorists but globally, it's an islamist political movement, a movement that wants to unify mosque and state, and the ideological warfare, the political warfare that goes into that is very significant and anwar, an american-born terrorist, is very good at that. it would be great to get him, it would be great if we had more cooperation from the yemeni government to get him but no, you'd have to do more than just take him out. really, you need a lot of access on the ground to diminish this threat comprehensively. jenna: let me pick up on that point a little bit, christian, because the big question is what do we do, now that we know there's an issue, what should we do about it. yesterday, in our show,
michael shoerer joined us, the former chief of the cia bin laden unit end had this to say about our intervention there. take a quick and short listen, i want to get your reaction: >> it's something we've seen all over the world, the more the west intervenes somewhere, the more radical the local muslims become. jenna: his point was the more intervention that we have in this area, the more we could actually spar people to come to these radical groups. what do you think about that? >> i disagree with that. especially once you've had a crossover from just sort of garden variety islamism to acoo active terrorism. where terrorists are active we need to confront them. that doesn't necessarily mean you need to do it in a strong overt way. the u.s. military orders under the orders of general petraeus has been pursuing clandestine and not always efforts against al-qaeda in the arabian peninsula. we saw a report that the cia
is trying to get a bigger piece of the pie, they want unmanned drones and other vehicle toss strike this. it's difficult from the air, it's better to do it on the ground and you can learn more from five minutes on the ground than five months flying over a location. so no, i think we need to be involved but there needs to be a multi tacet dollars approach, it needs to be military and political and information-based and we haven't really seen a comprehensive strategy from an obama administration that's still very focused on afghanistan and that sort of refuses to admit there is a global war on terror that needs to be pursued. jenna: let's stop there, global war on terror, some say and we've seen this brought up repeatedly on our show f. we're going to go in, we have to go in hard, we have to get the bad guys and hunt them down, plain and simple. does that mean that we're going to have to eventually declare war on yemen? >> no. the yemeni government is not terribly proficient, it has been helpful at times and has been unhelpful at other times, it has apprehended terrorists, it has also released terrorists.
what it comes down to is the smart, comprehensive strategy. the military does a great job with the missions that are assigned to it, but to an extent, we have it playing -- when you a threat go up, military goes and beefs it up, which it's designed to do and does great. we have to go downstream and the terrorist acts and people who have crossed over to violent jihad im, behind this you have this islamist ideology that we've never gotten the strategy right to confront, so we need to use more tools and have a smarter global strategy. jenna: be more prolike testify. christian wyden, thank you very much, great to have you with us today. >> thanks jenna. jon: just ahead a real life case of national intrigue when a spy goes missing and a body is found near the headquarters of a top secret agency. up next, where the investigation goes from here plus, bad news bears. the vacation hot spot that's
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now suing the guard. all starts top of the hour. jon: a turf war underway in phoenix, lake tahoe, california trg pits man against wild. right now homeowners are dealing with almost nightly bear break-ins. claudia cowen is live in beautiful lake tahoe. bears are nothing new, claude yarks but there is something different there happening now, huh? >> that's right, jon. as residents in this area have gotten serious about securing their trash, the bears have gotten serious about breaking and entering, well over 100 incidents reported so far this year in california and nevada. that is significantly higher than last year and it almost always ends tragically for the bear. officials in these two states say they have had to kill 26 bears so far this year. fortunately no people have been seriously hurt, but jon, those who were home at the time say it is just terrifying to encounter a four or 500, even up to a
700-pound black bear, busting down the door to raid the fridge, and animal experts say if that bear is successful, that is a new learned behavior and that bear will almost certainly be coming back for seconds. jon. jon: what are the residents there doing to protect themselves and their property? >> reporter: right, and they are taking a number of precautions. in fact, we visited one home that was recently trashed by a bear last winter, and it now resembles fort knox, along with the ubiquitous bear locker out front. this home has an election rified fence circling the perimeter, as well as boarded up windows and doors and experts say these extreme kinds of protections are necessary to guard against extreme bear behavior. they say these animals have become so smart they have figured out how to turn a door nobody or pluck off a screen or test to see if a sliding window is locked or unlocked, and experts say if a bear does gain entry, it is absolutely crucial that you not cower in the corner but make a lot of noise to scare it off so it knows
it's not welcome and doesn't come back. jon: what a mess! claudia cowen, thanks. jenna: at the foreign desk, we're taking a look at this murder mystery of international intrigue, if you will. just overnight there was a body discovered in a london apartment, the body was of a british spy, and the apartment is right here the headquarters of mi6, a british intelligence agency, so a lot of parts to this story. we're going to bring in sky news reporter paul harris and he is reporting live outside the spy's apartment. paul, what can you tell us about this story? >> reporter: jenna, you know, the world of espionage and intelligence gathering, wherever it is, whether it's with the cia or mi5, mi6, by necessity, it's a world shrouded in secrecy, but really, the grim events of the past 48 hours here in central london have opened up that world in a very, very public way indeed.
let's show you the flat in question, just move aside here. police were called here a couple of nights ago when they heard a body has been discovered. they found inside the apartment on the second floor the body of a man, he had been stabbed, placed in a sports barks and then in turn, that bag placed in a bath within this man's apartment. now, he's been named locally as garrett williams from chelnam, where he had been living working for the government, listening post gchq, before then, he was succumbed here to mi6. now, we understand that he was a keen cyclist, but after a period of time, ran a -- around a cufl weeks or so, when he failed to turn up to work, that was when the suspicion arose, and so police arrived here, found the body of this rather low-level security officer, but nonetheless, the issues
that he may well have been dealing with on a day-to-day basis may have been perhaps to do with as to how he was so violently murdered. jen yuen let's pick up on that, paul. as you mentioned, a lot of intrigue, but have police been able to really connect the spy's murderer to his work that he was doing? >> reporter: -- well, i don't know if paul is able to hear us. that would be tough for a follow-up question. so we'll take it back. sky news is our sister station over there in the u.k. we will continue to watch that story. again, one of a lot of intrigue, young, 30-year-old gentleman spy, found murdered obviously in -- well, in a tough way, in his apartment bathroom. so we'll keep you up to date on that story, if we get more developments we'll let you know, and we thank paul for that report, jon. jon: and only paul could use salubrious in a sentence and get away with it. thirty-three miners buried
reporter welcome back to "happening now", i'm harris faulkner, just watched something wrapping up with tiger woods at the golf tournament in the new jersey area, in ridgewood. he was just asked questions momenting ago about having to qualify for the first time since he was probably a youngster in a golf tournament and then the questions went some place else. about that divorce recently with his elin woods and an article in people magazine saying that will be the only one she'll ever give but details on why she ended their marriage after trying so hard. he actually answered questions about whether he
still loves her, he said they're working together to have some sort of relationship for the kids, and then he was asked just about things in general, and here's what he had to say: >> well, my actions certainly led us to this decision, and you know, i've certainly made a lot of errors in my life, and that's something i'm going to have to live with. >> reporter: tiger woods, making headlines today, because his wife is making headlines today, a rarity, breaking her silence to people magazine, and then asked about it at this golf tournament where he's got more free time on his hands than ever before, because normally he's practicing now, he's trying to get into this tournament, he says he's been distracted, he wants to stay on the tour and keep golfing but it's been a difficult year for him and he understands why his wife is so sad, his words exactly. back to you guys. jon: harris, thanks. right now, engineers are working, looking to drill a larger shaft to rescue those 33 miners who are trapped
some 4000 feet underground in chile, in part of a collapsed mine. we have learned it could be nearly christmas before those miners actually get to see the light of day. but what could being stuck that far underground for that length of time do to their mental state in let's bring in psychologist dr. keith ablow, a member of the fox news medical a teevment dr. ablow, it's my understanding these men have not even been told it could be christmas before they get back above ground. >> that's right. this is unprecedented in certain ways. this is a space, 600 square feet, 33 miners, in terribly humid conditions. it's the kind of cauldron that brings out the weaknesses in a person. and here, we have 33 people. so major depression. we don't know how many of them suffered with that before. the possibility of panic disorder. even delusions and hallucinations can set in. when you're deprived of your schedule to that extent and not exposed to sunday light
and the way the delays change into night and when you're literally in contact with people with whom you may have conflict and can't get away from, it's a wild card as to what will happen with any one of them. jon: i want to give our viewers some idea of exactly what rescuers have been dealing with. we have a graphic put together of some of the rescue efforts that have been made to get to these miners. here it is. now, this zigzag thing is if you were looking through the earth sideways. these are the ramps, really, that tunnel down into the mine, and then these are the drill shafts that they punched in, trying to find these miners, because they weren't sure exactly where in this long tunnel they were. they finally found them, they finally put -- punched a drill shaft through where the red circle is and that's where they made contact with them, so they're able to, doctor, send oxygen down, send water down, that kind of thing, but still, it's hot down there, it's humid, and they've only got 600
square feet of space at most for 33 men. that could lead to trouble. >> it's an incredible story, and yes, it can lead to trouble, because of the tempers that flare and again, their preexisting personalities are all locked up down there with them. here's the thing. i think probably is a mistake not to tell them hey listen, we're looking at maybe four-months here, because i'd rather take the hit psychologically up front than to have it whittle them down, day by day when they think when are they coming, is it this week, why is it another three days? that kind of learned helplessness is what wears on people the most. better, i think, to say listen, you guys got to tuck it in, hold it together, because we're looking at months here, but we're all with you, and i think there are steps they could take to make their time a little better. jon: dr. keith ablow, thank you, and we'll be right back.